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Open letter to readers: Today and tomorrow

By Lynda Waddington | 11.17.11

Wednesday was a difficult day for The American Independent News Network, which is the larger entity that operates The Iowa Independent. Our chief executive and founder announced two of our sister sites would close and their content would be moved to The American Independent.

ACS lockout continues; plan emerges to repeal sugar protections

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By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11

A recently introduced bill could have far-reaching impact on the U.S. sugar industry, including American Crystal Sugar, a farmer-owned cooperative that locked out 1,300 Midwest workers on Aug. 1.

Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

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By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11

The chairman for Herman Cain’s Iowa effort says the campaign “relied more on the word of farmers than Washington regulators” in deciding to run an ad containing claims the Environmental Protection Agency says are false.

Mathis wins, Democrats maintain Senate control

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By Lynda Waddington | 11.08.11

The Iowa Senate will remain under the control of a slim 26-25 Democratic majority when it reconvenes in January 2012.

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PR: Nation should work to address veterans’ challenges

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

BRUCE BRALEY RELEASE — As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan ends, it’s more important than ever that our nation works to address the challenges faced by the men and women who fought there.

PR: Honoring veterans, help in hiring

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

CHUCK GRASSLEY RELEASE — A difficult job market is challenging the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have protected America’s interests by serving in the Armed Forces.

PR: In honor of America’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

TOM LATHAM RELEASE — No one has done more to secure the freedom enjoyed by every single American than our veterans and those currently serving in the armed services.

PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

DAVE LOEBSACK RELEASE — Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the service of generations of veterans and to honor the sacrifices they and their families have made so that we may live in peace and freedom here at home.

Summoned for Jury Duty? Respond Online

By Lynda Waddington | 07.21.07 | 10:00 am

Iowans called for jury duty can now respond while in their bathrobes.

A new online service of the Iowa Judicial Branch, eJuror, enables Iowans to respond to a court summons, complete a standard juror questionnaire, ask to reschedule jury duty and obtain information about serving on a jury.

“Each year, the courts call thousands of Iowans to jury duty,” said Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus in a prepared statement. “Because their time is valuable, we want to make their service as jurors as convenient as possible. Our new eJuror service will make reporting for jury duty a little easier.”

Iowans who receive a jury summons in the mail can respond to the summons on the eJuror site. The jury number on the summons becomes the citizen’s login information. Once logged in, the software will provide the standard juror questionnaire and electronically send the completed form to the court’s clerk. There are also links to useful information about jury service, an email contact address for each court clerk and an option for requesting a one-time rescheduling of jury service.

Iowa courts are mandated by law to randomly select prospective jurors from a master list that includes licensed drivers and registered voters. More than 60,000 Iowans are summoned for duty each year. Iowa law provides that a person shall not be required, in any two-year period, to serve a term of more than three months unless to complete service in a particular case; to serve on more than one grand jury; or to serve as both a grand and petit juror.

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